Transition Academic Programs Hotard Hall, 3rd floor

   Aggie Gateway to Success



Who We Are

Aggie Gateway to Success (Gateway or AGS) is a provisional admission program at Texas A&M University that is administered through Texas A&M University Transition Academic Programs. Gateway students are given a unique chance to gain full admission by taking summer courses and proving how well they can do academically. Gateway students will attend Texas A&M Summer Session II (5-week summer session). All Gateway students are admitted into the University as General Studies (GEST) majors. During the duration of the program, they will have completed 2 standard core curriculum courses (3 credit hours each) assigned by Transition Academic Programs advising staff and 2 Gateway Learning Community courses.

Support

     Gateway students are required to stay on campus in designated residence halls during the Summer. Fall housing is not guaranteed. Continuing students are encouraged to seek on-campus Fall housing and to take advantage of a Living Learning Community at Texas A&M. Furthermore, Gateway students are supported by a group of academic mentors who are a part of the AGS staff. These mentors are undergraduate students at Texas A&M University who have previously completed the AGS program. In addition to attending their summer session courses, Gateway students will go through various programs and presentations that focus on different skill sets to help them succeed academically.
 

The Result

     Gateway students who successfully complete the AGS program experience a smooth transition from high school to Aggieland. The students get acquainted to the culture here at Texas A&M University while developing academically as college students by earning credit hours. Most Gateway students find that they are already well-adjusted when the rest of the freshmen class joins them for the Fall semester.

Important dates

June 21 - June 22 —> Attend Gateway New Student Conference.
July 2 (starting after 10am)  —> Move into your Gateway summer residence hall
July 3 —> AGS Meeting/Dinner (AGS students only)
July 6 - August 8 —> Attend the 5-week summer school session consisting of 6 credit hours of prescribed core curriculum coursework plus 2 Gateway Learning Community Courses.

How to Apply:

     High school seniors interested in Gateway must apply to Texas A&M University via the regular freshman admission process (http://admissions.tamu.edu/freshman/apply)

Selection:

     Participants in the Texas A&M Gateway Program are selected by the Office of Admissions as part of the regular freshman admission process. There is no way to apply directly to the Gateway program.

Gaining Full Admission:

     To successfully complete the AGS program and gain full admission into Texas A&M University, Gateway students must:
Complete the 2 assigned core curriculum courses and the 2 Gateway Learning Community Courses with at least a 2.0 average and no failing grades
Comply with the Aggie Code of Honor by committing no acts of scholastic dishonesty Upon successful completion of the AGS program Gateway students will be eligible to participate in all University activities as a member of the incoming freshman class.
 

After AGS:

     Once Gateway students successfully complete the AGS program they will achieve full admission. With the support and guidance of the advising staff, they may begin the process to change to a permanent major. Gateway students are permitted to remain in General Studies for up to 2 semesters*. They are free to participate in the Aggie experience like any other undergraduate student at Texas A&M through student activities, on-campus organizations, etc.

* General Studies (GEST) is the University’s transition (temporary) major.
     Once out of Gateway, students are fully enrolled into the University allowing them to participate and begin their college careers with their fellow freshman. Because Gateway students began their experience in the summer, they enter the Fall with much more knowledge than any other Freshman. Gateway students have the ability to enter any major they want if they hit that department’s requirements as the TAPs department helps them get there. From engineering to fine arts, Gateway students’ possibilities are endless.
 
     This also applies beyond majors. Gateway students have been put in many leadership positions in various organizations like yell leaders or even student body president. We aim to enable our students for a smooth transition into higher education, and as a result many students succeed beyond their own dreams.

     We believe students perform their best in comfortable and helpful environments. We strive to enable and educate our students to tackle higher education and receive a fightin’ Texas Aggie degree!                    

 

     Information regarding preparation for the program will come from the Program Administrator. Gateway students are required to check their email accounts (both personal and TAMU) on a daily basis for program prep information, attend the designated Gateway New Student Conference, participate in the Welcome Dinner/Meeting. Parents are encouraged to attend the New Student Conference. Click on the following links to take you to the necessary resources.   

Email and NetID
     Activating your email and claiming your NetID is critical for any TAMU student and is important. Checking your email accounts (both personal and TAMU) on a daily basis for program prep information allows you to stay in the loop and be completely prepared for school to start.

New Student Conference
     Students must also attend their New Student Conference by registering for it. The acceptance letter will have the exact information regarding, which date to sign up for, but for more information you can click here to learn more about New Student Conferences and click here for registration.

Housing
     Gateway students are required to stay on campus in designated residence halls during the Summer. Fall housing is not guaranteed. Continuing students are encouraged to seek on-campus Fall housing and to take advantage of a Living Learning Community at Texas A&M. To find more information on housing click here http://reslife.tamu.edu/.

Stay Connected
     We also have a Gateway public Facebook page called Aggie Gateway to Success Program — Texas A&M. Here you can stay updated on everything we’re doing. We also would like students to follow us on Instagram; aggiegatewaytosuccess2016. If you have any further questions you can always email us aggiegateway@tamu.edu or click on the Contacts tab on the left side of the screen.                     
     Gateway students are supported by Peer Mentors. These Mentors are undergraduate students at TAMU who have previously completed the AGS program. Their focus is to help develop Gateway students academically and socially through programs, presentations, and events. Gateway students will have the opportunity to interact with their Mentors on a daily basis during AGS.
 
     We believe that mentors give our students confidence when entering their collegiate careers. Gateway students who successfully complete the AGS program tend to experience a smooth transition from their high school environment to Aggieland. Students get acquainted with the culture at TAMU while developing academically as college students. Many Gateway students find that they already feel well-adjusted when the rest of the freshmen class joins them for the Fall semester. Success rates for students participating in the AGS program have been high in recent years. Between 85%-95% of Gateway students have successfully completed the program and earned full admission for the Fall term. Of those students who complete at least one semester beyond the AGS Summer session, graduation rates are similar to those for the regularly admitted freshmen.                     
How much does Gateway cost? When do I pay?
     Gateway’s price varies by year and there’s no precise estimate we can give you. If you are accepted for gateway we will inform you of every cost needed to attend the program and exactly when you need to pay them.

What is General Studies?
     General Studies is the University’s transition major. You cannot major in it, but it is used as a department resource for students looking to declare. Gateway students are in General Studies so during the summer they may visit any of the advisors before any of their fellow freshman coming in the Fall.

Can I declare my major in Gateway?
     No. Because you’ll have no TAMU credit hours and are under our program, you cannot change majors until you have successfully completed Gateway and meet your intended major’s prerequisites.

Are Gateway students guaranteed housing in the Fall?
     No. Unfortunately Gateway students are not guaranteed housing on campus. However, we recommend you apply and be put on a waiting list when openings become available. We have not had any students be declined while on the waiting list before as all were granted a room. Also, there are many off-campus residences students may choose from, which even can be within walking distance to campus.

Will there be classes for me coming into the Fall?
     Yes. At your Gateway New Student Conference you will pre-register for Fall courses. Unless you do not complete the requirements for Gateway, your schedule will be set. If you do not like your schedule after NSC, you have the option to meet with an advisor through the entirety of the summer to make changes.
Guaranteed Admission: If the student completes all the requirements they can be admitted automatically the following Fall. During their NSC before Gateway, they will pre-register for courses for the Fall so that they already have a schedule once Gateway ends. Upon successful completion of the AGS program Gateway students will be eligible to participate in all University activities as a member of the incoming freshman class. Gateway students who successfully complete the AGS program tend to experience a smooth transition from their high school environment to Aggieland. Students get acquainted with the culture at TAMU while developing academically as college students. Many Gateway students find that they already feel well-adjusted when the rest of the freshmen class joins them.
 

Grade and Credit Requirements: Complete 2 standard core curriculum courses (3 credit hours each) assigned by Transition Academic Programs advising staff. Complete 2 Gateway Learning Community courses—UGST (0 credit hour, but graded) and LCSE (0 credit hours)—focused on facilitating academic skills, career guidance, and college adjustment.

 
Attendance: Students will be taking freshman level courses with non-gateway students where attendance varies by professor. However, you will take a specific Gateway 1-hour course once a week. This course is held by your designated mentors and will be recording attendance. We also require students to attend the Gateway Dinner after the first day of class where free food will be provided. We have penalties for absentees ranging from one-week holds to Fall course drops. This does not mean you can’t leave campus, be restricted to a curfew, or even face termination n if you do so. Gateway students are treated as regular students, as adults.

Readmission Option: If the student does not reach the requirements of the program they can apply for a future semester at Texas A&M as a readmit. This will allow the student time to raise their GPA at another institution first, or pick back up at a more available time.

Fees: The payments will be designated by the University based on the summer payment plan.
Where?
     The Transition Academic Programs is located in Hotard Hall on the Northside of campus. Our address is 104 Houston Street, College Station, Texas 77840 on the third floor.

 
How can I contact Gateway?
     Our office phone number is (979) 845-5916 or you can contact the official Gateway email address at aggiegateway@tamu.edu.

Who can I speak with to get Gateway?
     Here at Transition Academic Programs we do not request or even have knowledge of the requirements to get Gateway. All admits and criteria are handled by the Office of Admissions. You can call them here: (979) 845-1060 or email: Admissions@tamu.edu. For more information you can visit their website here.

How can I set up housing?
     Once you’ve been accepted into Gateway we will give you all the information you need to set up housing and any other necessities you will need. However, if you have any questions regarding the housing process or Fall housing availability you can call: (888) 451-3896 or email: housing@tamu.edu. For more information you can visit their website here.
 


Hotard Hall, Texas A&M
104 Houston St, College Station, TX 77841